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German government presents new surveillance law

German government presents new surveillance law
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Police in Germany could soon have extra powers to monitor people’s phonecalls and private homes. The government has unveiled plans for a new law, at a time when debate is already raging over a spying scandal at Deutsche Telekom. The interior minister Wolfgang Schaeuble says the new law, still to be approved by parliament, is aimed at fighting terrorism and international crime.

However, opposition politicians accuse Angela Merkel’s government of turning the country into a big brother state. They say people are still haunted by domestic spying by the Nazis and in the former East Germany.

Deutsche Telekom has admitted that it illegally monitored phone calls in 2005. This after allegations that management had spied on directors and journalists to find out who was leaking information to the press.